Surgeon who married terminally ill colleague 4 days before she died in battle over £10M fortune

September 15th 2023

Surgeon who married a terminally ill woman 3 days before she died is in battle over £10m fortune.

Dr Evi Kalodiki was four days from death when she made a will splitting her £10 million fortune. However, the will was almost immediately revoked under the Wills Act 1837 when the couple married in a hastily arranged ceremony at her hospice in St John’s Wood, the following day.

A will is completely revoked by the subsequent marriage or civil partnership of the testator. The exception to this is if it appears from the will that, when it was made, the testator was expecting to marry a particular person and that they intended that all or part of the will should not be revoked by that marriage. An express statement to this effect should be included in the will.

Dr Kalodiki’s £10 million estate is now at the centre of a High Court fight after her sister, Maria Karamanoli, launched a bid to resurrect the will, under which she would have received a sixth of the estate.

In a preliminary ruling in the case ahead of an upcoming trial, Judge Master Julia Clark said the whole saga had played out over two weeks at the end of Dr Kalodiki’s life.

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the wedding meant the will was revoked under old laws and she died intestate which meant all of her money would go to her husband.